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  1. #1
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    I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    ...and I'm having a LOT of trouble putting it down!

    This is a seriously enjoyable rye. At 6 years old it seems to be basically Baby Saz at barrel strength. Picked up another one tonight just to bunker.

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    I'm not a rye guy but I love this years Handy.
    ovh

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    The Handy is the winner out of the '08 btac's for me. Just really balanced and enjoyable.

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    Don't have the 08 as of yet. If it is anywhere near the 1st year 06 bottle, it should be fantastic!

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    I'll tell you what, I'm not really a rye type of guy. I did get to taste the 08 Handy at a small SB get together/tasting at Binny's a couple of weeks ago. All I can say is, ''WOW"! Rye, bourbon, whatever. This was one great tasting whiskey. I was very, very impressed. Joe
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    I am soooooooooooo jealous. It's no where to be found in my neck of the woods. And, internet sales are naturally a threat to the alcohol control board's control. A road trip to Kentucky might be in order.
    Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    I absolutely loved the '06. It was one of my all-time favorite whiskeys. The '07, on the other hand, needed a lot of time to open up. Once it did it was very very good, but the '06 was still better.

    I would have to try them side-by-side to pick my favorite, but I think the '08 rivals the '06, at least in terms of which I prefer. It's different - not quite as powerful as the '06 - and the '08 is surprisingly refined and nuanced for a barrel-proof, especially for only 6 1/2 years old. I agree with Lost Pollito, it's very well-balanced.

    If you can, do yourself a favor and get some.

    Mark

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    i bought my bottle maybe less than 2 weeks ago...perhaps?

    that bottle was empty 2 days ago or so...i miss it already.

    one of the best i've ever had. one of those $50+ bottles that was more than worth the ticket price.

    not sure if i want to go for another or try the 08 Stagg.....that is, if any are left
    HUP!

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    I can't get the Stagg up here, but the Handy Saz is a great surrogate! I'll have Stagg someday, but I can't imagine it being more enjoyable than this bottle. I'm glad you guys know how old it is (6.5 years I read?)...I was surprised that there wasn't an age statement on the bottle...also, is this a single barrel bottling? There is nothing to indicate this on the label, so I though it might be a mingling of different ages/barrels to create the tasty end product. Either way, this is all incidental, because this stuff is just heaven in a glass.....smooth, woody but sweet and seductive....glad I bunkered one, I may not be able to make this bottle last.
    "A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all . . . "

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    Re: I picked up a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac on Friday...

    stagg is now available in further neighboring counties....it's ok. i had the 2007. i am sanctified.

    and the 2008 handy saz was even better. i'm ok.

    of course, we can always be more than ok.

    but this WT rye is really much more than ok... i'm fine with that.
    HUP!

 

 

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